Student Spotlight: Teamarie O.

Meet Teamarie, a Molly’s Music student with enough positive energy to power the lights on a Broadway production. Writing songs since she was three and pursuing music seriously by age eight, Teamarie aspires to someday take the stage on a musical theater show—and with her inspiring attitude, she’ll be there in no time.

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MM: How long has music been a part of your life? When did you become more serious about music?

Music has always been a part of my life! I started singing and writing my own songs when I was three. I learned how to play the guitar and piano, and I’ve always listened to a wide variety of music because I love what every instrument and genre has to offer to the world.
I became more serious about music when I was around eight. I went off to L.A. and tried to get a record deal as a jazz singer. Now, I audition and compete in competitions for musical theatre and opera.

MM: What kind of music is your favorite to sing? To listen to?

It’s kind of a mix up! I can never choose which is my favorite. But I do find myself singing mostly musical theatre, pop, country, and classical music. I LOVE listening to the biggest hits that are playing on the radio, which is mostly pop. But when I’m getting pumped up for an audition or need inspiration, musical theatre is my go to.

MM: We hear you’ve got an awesome musical theater voice. What are your favorite musicals to sing? Any particular songs?

Thank you! That’s so sweet! I love singing anything from Thoroughly Modern Millie, Oklahoma!, Jekyll & Hyde, and Beauty and the Beast.
I often sing “Gimme, Gimme,” “Out of My Dreams,” “Live Out Loud” (from A Little Princess), and “Home.”

MM: Inspiration doesn’t grow on trees. Where do you find your inspiration to sing and perform?

The overall joy I experience when singing and performing is what inspires me. There is nothing better than going out on a stage or even just a recital room and doing what you love to do and seeing how it affects other people. Inspiring others inspires me.

MM: So we hear you’ve participated in competitions before. What was that like?

The competitions were really fun! It’s so great to meet other people that love to do what you do! It’s also fun to just go out there, have a good time, and flaunt your stuff!

MM: What are you currently involved in with regards to music? What are your future ambitions as a musician?

I’m currently involved with a club at my school called Chapman on Broadway. It’s a musical theatre club and we’re currently working on some really great shows! I also audition a lot for shows with any form of singing and Disney!
My future ambitions as a musician include being cast in a musical theatre show, auditioning for TV shows like The Voice, recording my own mix tape, and getting a job at Disney as either a princess or performer!

MM: If you could go back in time and give yourself any musical advice, what would
it be?

Don’t compare yourself to others, never give up, and always chase after your dreams.

MM: I like to end with this fun one: If you could sing with any performer or band, regardless if they are still living, who would it be and why? What song (or songs) would you want to sing with them?

I would LOVE to sing with Lea Michele or Idina Menzel. I think they both have amazing voices and are fantastic actresses.
If I could sing with Lea Michele, I would sing “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Mis.
If I could sing with Idina Menzel, I’d HANDS DOWN sing “Let it Go” from Frozen!!! Ahhh!(:

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